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Sneaky Idols and False Teaching

January 15, 2017


I recently received a message from a young woman who asked me how to effectively war in the spirit.

I asked two essential answers, “Have you been baptized in the name of Jesus?”

She answered, “Yes.”

I asked, “Have you received the baptism of the Holy Ghost?”

She answered, “I feel like I have the Holy Ghost but I have not spoken in other tongues.”

I gently and lovingly explained that, according to scripture, if she has not spoken in other tongues then she has not received the Holy Ghost. I went on to explain that it sounds like she may be close, but often we hinder our own infilling. I then sent her a link to my own testimony of how I received the Holy Ghost and how I hindered myself but overcame it. You can read it here.

She blocked me.

The only logical reason that I can surmise she reacted this way is because I told her that scripture tells us, shows us, that when a person is truly filled with the Holy Ghost they will speak in other tongues (Acts 2:1-4, Acts 10:44-46, Acts 19:6).

She held to the false teaching that you can have the Holy Ghost and not speak in tongues – that is not true. It is one of hell’s lies to keep believers from the Kingdom.

This begs the question, what pastor is teaching baptism in Jesus’ name but not that speaking in other tongues is the only evidence of being filled with the Holy Ghost? Even if they believe it but aren’t actively teaching it, they are doing their congregation a great disservice and not teaching the truth of scripture as all saints are commanded. My guess is, they are afraid of losing people.

Many people don’t want to hear that if they haven’t spoken in tongues they haven’t received the Holy Ghost and they reject scripture because it doesn’t line up with what they want to believe and what they’ve been told to believe by man.

I can see that fear, but it isn’t an excuse. When pastors and teachers fail to teach the full scripture and the whole truth, they are effectively sending people to hell.

It allows false teachings to remain a stronghold and invites those spirits into the church that close people’s ears to truth and perpetuates false teaching. It encourages people to cling to the teaching of man. There is great danger in valuing the word of man over the word of God.

This experience reminded me of the story of the Rich Young Ruler in Matthew 19:16-22. He said he wanted to have eternal life and Jesus told him to sell all he owns, give it to the poor, and follow Him.

The young man hung his head and turned away from the word (Jesus is the word – John 1:14).

Yes, this is about material possessions, but in truth, it is about anything that we put above God, those are the idols in our lives. This can be material wealth, but there are also what I call “sneaky idols” which include people (family, children, spouse, friends), perceived security in things, even clinging to false teaching instead of being obedient to the word of God.

His command to sell all he had and give it to the poor is both literal and symbolic.

Once he sold all that he had, he was to give the profits to the poor.

When he rid himself of his idolatry and cleaved unto the word of God, he was to give those profits (teach the gospel) to the poor in spirit and the lost. His primary focus in life was to become a soul winner.

ALL believers are called to be soul winners.

However, he was not willing to put aside his idolatry and he walked away like so many do when they feel the cost is too great. They don’t want to give up their beliefs, their material wealth, the people in their lives that they put above God.

Let me remind you that God said we are not to put anything before him. NOTHING comes before God- ever.

Following Christ is not a negotiation, it is all or nothing. Lukewarm Christians will be spewed from God’s mouth – He wants ALL of us.

Following Christ means that we must get rid of all the idols in our lives and turn away from any teaching that is contradictory to the word of God.

The truth is, salvation requires the infilling of the Holy Ghost which is evidenced by speaking in other tongues. There is no other way. It is in scripture, over and over. You can’t get around it, talk your way out of it, or negotiate it away. Holy Ghost baptism and speaking in other tongues is required.

So like the Rich Young Ruler, the young woman turned away from the word, rejected scripture, and returned to her idols.

Are you clinging to any sneaky false idols today?

Jesus is calling you to make a choice. What is your answer?

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